May 23, 2012

Mango Avocado Milkshake Recipe-Mango Milkshake Recipe

Mango Milkshake is a delicious drink and there's no denying that. But if you added some ripe avocados to the Mango Milkshake? Even better! I've had family over the past couple weeks and thinks have been crazy ranging from cooking to sightseeing to shopping to eating.

Mango and Avocado Milkshake Recipe

Along with 6 people came a carton of mangoes, my favourite fruit. Although we were eating them as fast as they ripen, we were still left with a lot of mangoes that needed finishing up, a problem I was most happy with.

May 22, 2012

Ragi Semiya Upma Recipe (Vermicelli Upma) - Upma Recipe

Ragi semiya upma - Amma made this delicious breakfast upma the last time I was in Kottayam. Although I am not a huge fan of semiya upma, I do make it now and then. Ragi semiya was new to me and I didn't expect to like it much but it was a very pleasant surprise!

Ragi Semiya Upma Recipe

Although I took pictures when amma was preparing the ragi semiya upma, they didn't turn out great. I am always on vacation mode when in Kottayam and feel lazy taking step by step pics. I'd much rather sit on the high kitchen counter, dangling my feet, drinking hot tea, and generally not caring about anything going on around me. There are few exceptions to this and the day the ragi semiya upma was made, it wasn't one of them.

May 21, 2012

Punjabi Chole Masala (Channa / Chana / Chickpeas) Recipe

Although I am always tempted to order channa masala when we out to eat, TH hardly ever agrees, saying "it's something we can make at home". Not that we can't make any of the other dishes at home, but somehow, dal and channa masala is a no-go for him.

Punjabi Chole Masala Recipe
It's strange because I have never really attempted restaurant-style channa masala at home. Not even once. But when I read this "controversial" post by Anita, I had to bookmark the recipe in question and make it soon. It took me a couple of years but here I am, finally.

May 16, 2012

Pepper Rasam Recipe | Easy Milagu Rasam Recipe

Pepper Rasam or Milagu Rasam is my mom-in-law's specialty. I have always associated pepper rasam with being sick. It's not a very positive way at looking at it but that's just the way it's been so far. What I am sharing today is my mom in law's Papper Rasam recipe which is made not only when someone is sick but also when you crave something simple and spicy for lunch along with a basic vegetable kootu or cabbage poriyal.

Pepper Rasam (Milagu Rasam) Recipe

Pepper Rasam is quite unique in some ways though. MIL adds garlic in her milagu rasam (which is avoidable if you want don't take garlic) and adds no toor dal which again you can play around with.

May 11, 2012

Vengaya Kara Kuzhambu (with Coconut Milk) Recipe

The kuzhambu (or pulusu, as we Reddiars call it) in my home and TH's home are very different. My mom-in-law's recipes are much milder, easier to make, and taste great with typical South Indian side dishes.

This kara kozhambu is something she makes very often and it goes best with rice although we have it with pretty much anything in hand, like ven pongal. In fact, some of you emailed me to ask for that kozhambu recipe when I posted the ven pongal recipe a couple months back.

Chinna Vengaya Vatha Kozhambu Recipe

I'm led to believe that this is her own concoction though. She adds coconut milk to the kozhambu to add flavour and thicken it up a bit. The end result is mild, flavourful, and absolutely delicious.

You may also want to check out my easy kara kuzhambu recipe (no coconut milk), Andhra onion tamarind curry, and this instant vatha kuzhambu.

Vengaya Kara Kuzhambu (with Coconut Milk)

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 lemon-sized ball of tamarind
1 cup of peeled shallots / chinna vengayam
1 tbsp of coriander powder
1 tbsp of sambar powder
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
3 tbsp of oil
1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
A few methi seeds / uluva / menthayam
A few curry leaves
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder (optional)
A generous pinch of hing
1 tomato, chopped
Salt to taste
1 cup of thick coconut milk
 
How It's Made:

1. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 10 mins. Extract juice and discard the pulp.

2. Peel and wash the shallots. Leave them whole, no need to chop them.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the methi seeds, and curry leaves. When the methi seeds start to turn brown, taking care not to burn them, add the chopped tomatoes and the shallots.

4. Mix well and add the tamarind water, salt, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, sambar powder, and hing. Top off with another cup of water and bring to boil.

5. Simmer for 10-15 mins, adding more water if needed, until the shallots are cooked soft. The mixture should be a bit watery.

6. Finally, add the coconut milk and when it just begins to boil, remove from fire.

If you find the kozhambu too watery, you can add 1 tbsp rice powder in 3 tbsp water and add to the mixture and bring to boil. Usually, the coconut milk gives the gravy enough thickness.
Vengaya Kara Kuzhambu (with Coconut Milk) Recipe

Serve the kara kozhambu with rice, poriyal, and chips.

May 9, 2012

Paneer Payasam Recipe | Paneer Kheer Recipe | Step by Step

Before any of you get confused and wonder what Paneer Payasam is all about, let me tell you this is not Basundi or Rabri or any of those delicious things you get when you are super patient and have good-quality milk in hand.

What I have for you today is a delicious DELICIOUS dessert that takes all of 12 mins to make. This is another gem that Darsh introduced me to and I was floored, just like I was with her tiramisu recipe.

Paneer Payasam (Chenna Payash) Recipe

The name she gave this - Chenna Payash - leads me to believe that this is a Bengali dessert, not that we are surprised by that, so I want to leave a disclaimer that this may not be an authentic chenna payash recipe or anything. But did I mention it's delicious?

May 2, 2012

Blueberry Muffins with Yogurt | Guest Post

I have a sister and a brother. I know many people do and it's not a huge deal but I like to believe my situation is a bit different. It is, actually. They are both more than 9 years older than me. So there's my brother and sister who are 1.5 years apart and then there's me, much younger than the two of them. This led to some interesting childhood events. I was bullied quite mercilessly, needless to say. But as we grew up a bit, my siblings were my almost-parents. My brother taught me how to brush my teeth and my sister and I have a TON of pictures together when she has made me up so much that I look unrecognisable. She also used to sing to me a lot and force me to scrub my face hard while bathing. Random, I know.

Anyway, this post is not so much about all that, it's more about my sister, her blog, and her lovely Blueberry Muffins. I have been especially caught up in other stuff over the past couple weeks (a work trip followed by a vacation followed by marketing classes at INSEAD for those of you who are curious) and was lamenting to the sis how I am just not able to post something in here. She immediately offered to help me out by sharing her gorgeous pics and recipe for blueberry muffins.

PS: I am Bindya to my old friends and family. You really didn't think my parents call me Nags, did you?

Over to her!







Hi, I am Bharathy of Spicy Chilly. Many of you already know that we are sisters (rocking in our own ways..as many of you had mentioned a lot of times.. ahem ;)) with our own food blogs for the past five years.
Well, after reading her 5th year post I was pleasantly surprised when I realised the hard work she'd put in and the fruits she plucked; though we started blogging at the same time she has 16 times the viewership and earnings than mine!! This definitely isn't a simple thing for anyone who works, travels, socialises, maintains home, friends, and cooks too! The word A.W.E.S.O.M.E would be an understatement here!

As already said, she was the one who introduced me to this world of blogging and when she too joined within a month or so, both of us should admit the fact that we loved every moment being here with lots of food, friends, pictures, gossips ;) and more, ever since.

I have a few out there who (still) mail me or message me amazed at our relationship, the warmth and concern we always share. Honestly, let me tell you, we are like any other sisters...we yell at each other, we fight, we cry (mostly one of us) we pour out, we compromise blowing peace pipes dancing around the fire and see to it that ultimately nothing is taken too seriously :)..or at least amma's words ring in my ears.."Bharathy aren't you ashamed to be so immature.. she's nine years (stressing on the number!) younger than you!" which has an instantaneous impact on me ;)

The cocktail is here, if you had missed out, which had been the post that stood above all my recipe posts in 2011. I'm still overwhelmed by the love you all had showered on us!

I had never really thought of doing a guest post but recently have been wanting to do some so badly for her.

Bindya, this is for you...


Blueberry Muffins were the ones I wanted to lay my hands upon when my sister in law got me a small can of preserved berries. I was soon in search of a good recipe for moist and soft muffins. As always the recipe from Joy of Baking didn't let me down. I wondered how quickly these Blueberry Muffins can be put together as they had suggested! The key ingredient in these blueberry muffins is yogurt. It adds a lot of moisture and gives it a bread-like texture without adding much complexity or calories.



Blueberry Muffins with Yogurt
Source - Joy of Baking
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt (regular or low fat)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola or corn oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (100 grams) fresh or frozen blueberries (I used canned blueberries)

How to make Yogurt Blueberry Muffins:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Position rack in center of oven. Butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. In a large measuring cup or bowl whisk together the yogurt, lightly beaten egg, oil, and vanilla extract.

3. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Remove 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredients and toss it with the blueberries. If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding them to the batter. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Gently stir in the blueberries. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be too tough and hard.

4. Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.


Bharathy's Note: In spite of the warning given in the recipe source  that "these Blueberry Muffins are always quick to disappear",  guess I'd been a little careless and had halved the recipe which yielded 6 scrumptious ones and half of them were gone in no time with my children around! The pictures are of the remaining 3.